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Russian diplomat comments on Iran's nuclear deal

April 28, 10:23 UTC+3

On January 12, Trump stated that the United States may withdraw from the deal

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MOSCOW, April 28. /TASS/. If the Iran nuclear deal fails, it will bring into questions guarantees for countries that are about to move towards abandoning their nuclear programs, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said in an exclusive interview with TASS.

According to him, calls to review the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran’s nuclear program concern the credibility of the system of international guarantees.

"If the Iran nuclear deal falls apart, how will it be possible to advance towards resolving the non-proliferation issue? What guarantees will the global community be able to provide to the countries that are ready to search for political solutions to issues related to their nuclear status?" the senior Russian diplomat said.

On Friday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a historic meeting, reaffirming that their common goal was to ensure the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The also agreed to continue high-level dialogue.

Iran nuclear deal issue

In 2015, Iran and six major powers (five member states of the United Nations Security Council - Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and China - and Germany) agreed on the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for the Iranian nuclear program, which particularly stipulates the removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program.

Trump has many times criticized the deal accusing Iran of violating it. He particularly said that it was "one of the most incompetently drawn deals" that he had ever seen.

On January 12, Trump stated that the United States may withdraw from the deal unless it was amended. In late April, a US administration official said that Washington, Paris, Berlin and London had achieved progress in talks on amending the deal but no final decision had been taken.

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